Opening Reception: Saturday March 23, 2013 - 8:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Heidi Taillefer's "The Land of the Blind" is an exhibition of new and unique sculptural works centered around the theme of Eros and original oil paintings featuring Heidi's signature brand reflecting Mankind's ongoing hybridization with technology.
The porcelain like vintage and manga fusion styled dolls, ready to pierce your heart, are named "True Loves". Each doll is individually hand cast from a single design model. They are made out of hydrocal, a plaster and silica crystal compound poured into silicone moulds based on the original master design, hand sculpted out of clay. Each individual part is painted, assembled, eyelashed and adorned with either Swaravski crystals or Christian Dior silks and fabrics. Handmade costuming and decorative flourishes are used to create a specific representation of Eros and are fitted with wings and pinned to boards like naturalist specimens and given a latin name. Finally they are hermetically preserved under protective domes.
Heidi's original oil paintings are a creative fusion of classical figurative painting, surrealism, contemporary realism and mythology combined with popular figurative traditions ranging from Victorian romanticism to science fiction. Painting subjects comprised of seemingly incongruous objects characterized as symbolic they form a complex composite of various elements and add a contemporary spin to often classical icons.
Heidi Taillefer was born in Montreal, Quebec, to a family rich in creative talent. She began drawing before the age of three and followed ten years of private art instruction until the age of eighteen. She pursued Humanistic studies at McGill University, which provided a foundation for much of the cultural and philosophical referencing in her art. She later worked as a commercial illustrator in parallel with her fine art production. Her most notable commercial projects being with the Cirque du Soleil, Richard Mille luxury watches, and Infiniti car company in Canada and Taiwan. Heidi last exhibited at Copro Gallery with the musical group "Coheed and Cambria" displaying her two album cover designs, for "The Afterman: Ascension and Descension". Her fine art work is characterized by a hybridization of mechanical and organic elements within a setting, reflecting the ubiquity of technology throughout the world today. She often gives a spin to classical icons bringing them into a more contemporary context, and her work is reminiscent of some of the early twentieth surrealists such as Max Ernst, Giorgio de Chirico, and Paul Delvaux.
Copro Gallery presents a group exhibition “Futurology” dealing with the art of Future predictions and changing the Future using current political climate conditions and world trends as a point of departure. Agents of Futurology from the past such as Cleopatra, John Wilkes Booth, Napoleon, Einstein, John Kennedy initiate changes in timelines and effect events hundreds and thousands of years later sometimes referred to as the Butterfly effect. If time travel exists in the future than possibly we have witnessed agents from the future traveling in time to stop a nuclear holocaust that has not yet happened in our present. The current time on the Doomsday Clock is set Minutes To Midnight. For this exhibition artists will explore all aspects of Futurology including the Past, Present and Future.
Participating Artist list: Luke Chueh, Nathan Spoor, Marc Burckhardt, Mu Pan, Ana Bagayan, Tin, Alexandra Manukyan, Annie Owens, Nouar, Chrystal Chan, Timothy Smith, Genevive Zacconi, Erik Alos, Adam Miller, Xue Wang, Jason Hite, Matthew Grabelsky, Chloe Trujillo, Leslie Ditto, David Richardson, Khrys Sapp, Tracey Roberts, Ellen, Cathie Bleck, Robert S. Connett, Dave MacDowell, Chet Zar, Mat Hurtado, Larkin, Vincent Cacciotti, Steven Daily & more.